Stay with me… there IS such a thing as a PERFECT Smoothie without fruit! And by perfect, I mean you’ll love it for so many reasons.
First off, I don’t have anything against fruit. Most of my smoothie recipes include some frozen blueberries, a half of a frozen banana, or strawberries. However, there are some really good reasons to cut your fruit consumption back!
Yes, fruit is full of vitamins and fiber. But so are veggies. And vegetables have much less sugar.
If you’re trying to lose weight, cutting sugar (even natural sources) is one of the most effective ways to do it.
Cutting down your sugar consumption is good for just about everything when it comes to your health. From your immune system to your risk of disease, cutting-edge doctors and nutritionists cite multiple health benefits of reducing sugar in all its forms.
So how do you make a smoothie without fruity goodness?
Stick with the components I’ve talked about before…
- unsweetened coconut or almond milk (or water)
- leafy greens (freeze them!) or a greens powder like TerraGreens
- chia seeds or flax meal
- 1/4 – 1/2 avocado (this makes your smoothie thicker and richer) or a couple tablespoons of almond or peanut butter
- protein powder (choose a non-soy, clean powder with no artificial ingredients!) If you choose one with stevia, you’ll have plenty of sweetness
- if you choose hemp seeds for protein instead of a protein powder (or choose a sweetener-free powder), add a little sweetness with a drop of organic stevia or a 1/2 teaspoon of lakanto monkfruit sweetener
Then, add a pop of flavor with essential oils! Not only will you add serious flavor, you’ll get big-time therapeutic benefits. Here are a couple of my favorites. Remember, 1-2 drops is all you need!
- lemon (cleansing)
- wild orange (cleansing and immune support)
- cinnamon (support metabolism and healthy blood sugar)
- peppermint (energy and digestive help)
- ginger (digestive support)
Smoothies are my favorite quick meals. I pack so much goodness into a glass and I can take it on the go. With this new variation, you can make it to suit your health goals while keeping it delicious!
Bottom line, if you’re comfy with your weight or if you expend a lot of energy during the day, I’d say keep fruit in your smoothie! But if trimming down is on your list of health goals, try your smoothie this way instead.
What do you think? Would you try this? Leave a comment below and let me know!